The existence of a bigger, more powerful Polaris 10 card was confirmed after a recent list of upcoming graphics cards appeared on AMD’s website.
Speculation has arisen regarding the nature of the Radeon RX 490 GPU Polaris graphics card, with WCCFTech reporting that the device will be a dual-GPU 4K Ready graphics card.
According to shipping data, the RX 490 is based on the Polaris 10 architecture and will be the biggest graphics card manufactured using the 14nm FinFet manufacturing process.
Zauba shipping data labels the Radeon RX 490 as a Polaris card, despite rumours that the GPU will be the flagship Vega product.
Based on the insurance data given, the Radeon RX 490 (labelled as a C99 board in shipping) has an insurance value double that of the Radeon RX 480, signifying a giant leap in value, and presumably performance.
This insurance data for the Radeon RX 490 is roughly equal to that of the Radeon Pro Duo, an existing AMD dual-GPU board.
According to the report, the Radeon RX 490 board passed certification before Vega was near completion, confirming that the RX 490 will be a Polaris board.
However, the Radeon RX 480 features the full Polaris chip, leading to the conclusion that the RX 490 will be a dual-GPU Polaris board boasting performance comparative to that of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080.
According to AMD’s benchmarks, two Radeon RX 480 cards in a Crossfire configuration are faster than a GeForce GTX 1080.
This means that a dual-GPU Radeon RX 490 could be more powerful than Nvidia’s flagship Pascal card.
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